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February 3, 2014

Student Profile: Marc Lombardo '14, Joshua Kaplan '14 and Justin Belmont '14

Student Profile: Marc Lombardo '14, Joshua Kaplan '14 and Justin Belmont '14


Marc Lombardo '14, Joshua Kaplan '14 and Justin Belmont '14 discovered that the breadth of perks and discounts offered to students in stores was not offered online. They created Perkla to solve the problem. Lombardo explains.

What is unique about your company? 
Perkla is your digital student ID, where students can get discounts to their favorite brands online, including Reebok, Converse, Theory, Rent the Runway, and many more!

How did you come up with idea?
When Justin, Josh, and I became business school students, we realized the plethora of deals that were offered to us by retailers in store; however, there was no way to access these discounts online.  That’s crazy!  Increasingly, students across the country, like us, prefer to shop online.  With Perkla, we created the solution to this problem.

Which resources at Columbia / New York City have been most helpful to you?
We began our journey in the Lean Launchpad course with Professor Dorf, and enjoyed his tutelage so much that we did an independent study with him on our Marketing Strategy.  We consulted with numerous alumni, who provided us with thoughtful insights and suggestions, which have helped Perkla develop immensely.  Additionally, Perkla gained acceptance into the Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab (CEL), which provided us with a new co-working, incubator space for the summer, located on the Morningside campus.  The CEL incubator space provided us with practical resources and mentorship during our critical first few months.  Currently, we are in the Greenhouse course, and we look forward to building the business for future success!

How can the community help you now?

Students – sign up and start saving!  And spread the word to your friends.  Additionally, we are looking to add to our team, so if a  student is looking to join an ecommerce start-up, look no further.

How can people contact you? Email is easy (mlombardo14gsb.columbia.edu or marcperk.la) or just chat with me on campus – I’m around!

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Spring 2015 Events

January 11, 2015

Lean LaunchPad Block Week Class
Orientation
6:00-8:00PM

January 12-16, 2015

Lean LaunchPad Block Week Class
Professors Steve Blank and Bob Dorf
9:00-5:30PM

January 13, 2015

Lean LaunchPad-Steve Blank (Moderated by Faculty Director Sheena Iyengar)
Alumni Event
6:00-9:00PM, Columbia Startup Lab-WeWork SoHo West, 69 Charlton Street

January 27, 2015

Lang Center Info Session
12:30-2:00PM

February 22, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab-Summer
Applications Due By 11:59PM

February 24, 2015

Summer Fellowship Program
Info Session
12:30-2:00PM

February 25-March 6, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab-Summer
Interviews
12:30-2:00PM

February 26, 2015

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - topic to be announced
12:30-2:00PM

February 27, 2015

Columbia Shark Tank Competition
Led by the CEO
12:30-5:00PM

March 3, 2015

David S. Rose '83 Investor Pitch Workshop
12:30-2:00PM

March 5, 2015

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - topic to be announced
12:30-2:00PM

March 8, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab - WeWork
Applications Due By 11:59PM

March 13, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab - Summer
Admission Decisions

March 23-31, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab - WeWork
Interviews

March 26, 2015

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - topic to be announced
12:30-2:00PM

April 3, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab - WeWork
Deliberations

April 5, 2015

Spring Venture Showcase
Applications Due By 11:59PM

April 6, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab - WeWork
Decisions Announced

April 6, 2015

Summer Fellowship Program
Applications Due By 11:59PM

April 9, 2015

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - topic to be announced
12:30-2:00PM

April 20, 2015

Spring Venture Showcase
6:30-9:00PM

April 22, 2015

Inaugural Lang Advisory Board Dinner
6:30-8:30PM

April 23-24, 2015

#Startup Columbia Festival

April 24, 2015

Summer Fellowship Program
Selected Students Announced

April 27, 2015

Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program
Annual Alumni Reception
6:30-9:00PM

May 5, 2015

Lang Fund Board Meeting

May 5, 2015

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia
Demo Event
6:30-9:00PM, Morgan Stanley

May 20, 2015

Columbia University Commencement

 

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